Spectacular Hiking Routes in Mexico
Hikers heading to Mexico on vacation will discover that there are many superb hikes to choose from. In fact could spend months in this fabulous country and still not have completed them all. Whether you are a seasoned hiker, just getting started or prefer to have a leisurely wander, you will find your perfect hike in Mexico.
Copper Canyon/Tararecua Canyon
This is not a hike for the newbie. Perfect for a hiker who enjoys being out in the wilderness, this 40 mile hike ascends 20,000 feet. Located in the Chihuahaun Desert, the Copper Canyon region is made up of several canyons and six rivers. Expect stunning views and a moderately difficult hike.
A hike across the Tararecua Canyon will reward you with a soak in the Recohuata Hot Springs at the bottom of its 4675 foot descent. Crossing the numerous rivers will require a more experienced hiker and there are also places where you may need the help of a rope so if you are just starting out as a hiker, you should leave this one for next time.
Tepozteco National Park
For another moderately difficult, but much shorter, hike you should head to the Tepozteco National Park. This hike is approximately 2.1 miles and the elevation is just 1200 feet. Although it may be short, you will know you have completed this hike.
What you gain along the way is a visit to a 500 year old religious complex that is both breathtaking and historically fascinating. At the end of the hike you will find yourself at a local market with a fantastic range of delicious foods. Trust me, after the hike you have just completed you should treat yourself without feeling guilty.
This is perfect for people who like to do more than one hike in a day. Taking just 1 and a half hours this can be completed in the morning before moving on to somewhere else after lunch.
Desierto de Los Leones National Park
For the novice hiker, or people who just prefer a more relaxed pace, Desierto de Los Leones National Park is a great place to go. The history of this area is very interesting and it has numerous trails that are suitable for all ages, abilities and desires.
At an altitude of 9,000 feet you could be best starting off with an easier hike until you are acclimatized and work your way up to more challenging routes that head up to nearly 13,000 feet above sea level. Many of the routes will take you past crumbling houses that show the history of monks who built them hundreds of years ago.
Whichever hikes you decide are best for your vacation be sure to be go prepared. Many of the trails take in drastic height differences and appropriate clothing is essential. Taking additional layers that are easy to put on when you are at the top of a mountain and easy to remove when you reach the bottom of a canyon is a must. If you will be visiting the indigenous inhabitants, also make sure you go prepared with a small gift.
Take a hiking holiday in Mexico and experience this vibrant country from a different perspective.
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